January 28, 2016

70th straight success for Ariane 5

Thursday 28 January, Ariane 5 completed a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre, orbiting the Intelsat 29e telecommunications satellite, the 29th payload launched for operator Intelsat by Ariane. The flight marked the European launcher’s 70th straight success since 2003.

With a launch mass of 6.5 tonnes, Intelsat 29e (IS-29e) is a telecommunications satellite built by Boeing Co. for operator Intelsat. IS-29e is the first Intelsat satellite built around the new EpicNG spacecraft bus, designed to meet ever-growing bandwidth demand. IS-29e will operate in C, Ku and Ka band to deliver broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aero and maritime mobility service providers and government customers operating throughout the Americas and the North Atlantic, particularly over heavily trafficked shipping lanes. It has an expected service life of 15 years.

Commenting on the launch, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall said: “It is a very special moment seeing this 70th straight success for Ariane 5 in the light of all the hard work accomplished since the launch of the first Intelsat payload by Ariane 1 in October 1983 to today’s 29th launch. I would once again like to congratulate all of the teams to whom we owe this success, at ESA, at Arianespace, across Europe’s space industry and of course at Intelsat. I would also like to thank CNES’s teams at the Launch Vehicles Directorate and the Guiana Space Centre for completing this first launch for Ariane 5 this year.”

Pascale Bresson    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Julien Watelet    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 78 37    julien.watelet@cnes.fr